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Opinions of Thursday, 23 July 2015

Columnist: Brother Amartey

America and the homosexual agenda

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I'm writing this article in view of the recent legalization of same-sex "marriage" across America, and its implications on the rest of the world, especially, in Ghana and Africa as a whole.

We who have been watching events closely here in America know that this was coming and are not surprised in the least. But those watching from afar think it is a great "advancement" for homosexuality, and already we have a misguided fellow calling for the legalization of homosexuality in Ghana, and this must be condemned!

What they don't know is that this satanic decision of the American supreme court, which was opposed by four of the nine justices, is a mockery and a sham, and has no constitutional, structural or moral basis, but was politically motivated, to serve vested interests of the homosexual agenda.

The simple truth is that marriage was not established by human law, and civil government has no authority to redefine it! The Lord who established marriage, "made them MALE and FEMALE," and said, "For this cause shall a man leave his FATHER and MOTHER and shall cleave to his wife and they shall become ONE FLESH" (Genesis 1:27; 5:2; Matthew 19:4-5). Marriage is not just a civil union, but a spiritual union, where one plus one equals one and not two!

The One who created all things has set His laws in motion, and we can choose to obey or disobey them. Disregarding these divine laws is called lawlessness, unrighteousness or sin (1 John 3:4). Now, people have the freedom to believe what they want to believe, and to choose to do what is right or wrong. That is what free will is all about, and there are consequences for our actions! Don't be deceived, God is not mocked (Galatians 6:7)!

Whether you're straight or square, or rectangle or triangle, or even a pyramid, the word of God declares that, "all have sinned and come short of the glory of God" (Romans 3:23). Further, the Bible declares, "There is no one righteous, no, not even one"(Romans 3:10). And again, "there is not a just man on earth who does good and does not sin." (Eccles 7:20).

Therefore, we are all sinners before God, but the good news is that the blood of Jesus Christ cleanses us from all sin when we confess our sin (1 John 1:9). Everyone of us is born a sinner and we all have broken God's commands and that is why we all need salvation, to be set free from the power, practice and penalty of sin.

All sins are not equal. There are grievous or abominable sins, and there are sins that lead to death (1 John 5:16-17), just as in civil law where we have serious crimes or felonies and misdemeanors. Regardless, we need to guard our hearts and minds against all forms of sin, for God is pure and holy, and wants us to be holy! We cannot justify or excuse our sin, whether it is big or small. All sin is unrighteousness and the holy God hates sin (Psalm 5:5; 7:11; 1 John 5:17)! Certainly, God is love, but God is also just and does not overlook or countenance sin!

The issue of sexual sin is a very serious matter, because it is the one sin that not only offends God, but is also committed against the body (1 Corinthians 6:18). Sexual sin attaches itself to the body, heart and mind, and may bring along VD's or venereal diseases, such as gonorrhea, syphilis, AIDS, etc.

Not only does sexual sin defile the body, it also defiles the land and that is why God commands against adultery, fornication, incest, bestiality, homosexuality and all forms of sexual debauchery.

Now the Bible describes homosexuality as sin in Leviticus 18:22-25; 20:13,23; 1 Corinthians 6:9-10;1 Timothy 1:8-10. Homosexuality takes sexual sin to another level. It is both abominable and reprehensible to the Lord, and is against the natural order of procreation, against the divine command, "Be fruitful and multiply" (Genesis 1:28).

Legalization of homosexuality and same-sex "marriage," has nothing to do with "equality" and "civil rights," but with sinful rights, and God's judgment is upon any nation or society that endorses this abominable sin.

We have nothing against homosexuals, and they can practice their lifestyle all they want, that's what free choice is all about. But we have everything against the homosexual agenda which is powered by Satan and is destined to fail, in spite of years of pushing, shoving, lobbying and financing, because it is based on lies, deceit, duplicity, unrighteousness and sinful lusts of the flesh. The ultimate goal of this agenda is to silence the church and to make a vile sin acceptable, without dissent, and this will not happen!

Sin must be confessed in order to be forgiven, but no, the homosexual agenda seeks to glorify sin, to exalt the sin of homosexuality! Homosexuals used to hide in the closets, because of the shame and stigma attached to this abominable lifestyle, but now they have not only "come out" of their closets, they take PRIDE in their sin; they PARADE their sin; they PROMOTE their sin; they PROMULGATE their sin through legislation, as have happened in some western countries, but we in Ghana and Africa must not give room to this nonsense.

As said earlier, this is not about equality or civil rights, but about sinful rights that destroy a nation. I'm glad that legislators in Kenya have warned Obama not to even entertain the idea of discussing this abomination on his visit to Kenya.

The homosexual agenda seeks to put labels on those who won't accept their lifestyle, calling them, "bigots, ignorant, hateful, homophobic, intolerant," and what have you, but the true man of God is not afraid of labels and speaks the word in accordance with the word of God. Yes, there are preachers who have kowtowed to this stupid agenda, but remember that Satan also has his ministers in the church parading as ministers of righteousness (2 Corinthians 11:13-15).

There are also preachers who are themselves homosexuals; and there are preachers who are pedophiles, rapists, adulterers and fornicators, using the name of the Lord in vain, and how can the blind lead the blind, unless they both fall into the ditch (Matthew 15:14)?

This agenda seeks to vilify and persecute Christians. Indeed, persecution of Christians who oppose the gay lifestyle has already started in America, the land of freedom! Right now, some Christians have been fined $135,000 for refusing to make a wedding cake for a gay couple, and have been given ultimatum to pay up or else! Some have lost their jobs because of their stand against this abomination and the worst is yet to come, and this nonsense must stop! So much for homosexual tolerance!!!!

On the bright side, there's plenty of hope for the homosexual and for all sinners. Jesus Christ came to save sinners and not righteous people, but tell me, who is righteous? The homosexual community is very ripe for the harvest and we give glory to the Lord of the harvest for His mercy and great wisdom and pray that He would use this travesty of justice to bring lost souls to Himself:

"And such were some of you: but you are washed, but you are sanctified, but you are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God." 1 Corinthians 6:11

In the verse above, Paul is talking about people who were once lost in sin, in unrighteousness, fornicators, idolaters, adulterers, homosexuals, thieves, drunkards, etc., but are now saved and washed in the blood of the Lamb of God, Jesus Christ (Verses 9-10).

They have put their past lives behind them and are now new creatures, sanctified and made holy by the blood, and so there is hope for every sinner who comes to Jesus for salvation. Yes, come now and be saved, and stop giving excuses and trying to justify your sin.

And the only way to receive salvation is to acknowledge our sin, to confess our sin, to agree with God that we're sinners and call upon the name of the Saviour, Jesus Christ, for salvation.

It is a shame that America is more concerned about promoting the gay agenda, instead of finding answers to their economic woes and the social, moral and spiritual decline of this once great country. There is a divine judgment on America which many do not see, and would get worse, but we continue to pray and to intercede for the land and for the nations, that the Lord might stay His judgment and instead, send revival across the land and the whole world. Yes, there's judgment on the land because America has departed from the Lord, from the principles of their founding fathers.

On their Dollar is inscribed, "In God we trust," but America today is a godless nation that does not honour or trust God, but has rejected God. They have taken prayers out of their schools. They have removed the "Ten Commandments" from public squares, and even as I write this, there is a court order to remove the "Ten Commandments" from the state capitol in Oklahoma on the grounds that, "it is religious in nature and an integral part of the Jewish and Christian faith."

All this is happening, in spite of thousands of churches across America. This is because the church in America is dead, without life and without power and has lost her witness and is being swallowed up daily by the culture.

In their attempt to become "relevant" to the culture, the church in America has fallen into apostasy, compromise and apathy and is it any wonder they have lost their voice and their witness? The book of Revelations describes the condition of the church in America today as in the stage of the churches in Sardis and Laodicea ( Revelations 3:1-4; 14-19).

America's once great economy is now in shambles, and this is part of the judgment. God has taken economic power from America and given it to China, literally! Today America is living on borrowed money from China, instead of the other way round. Do you not read it in Deuteronomy 15:6; 28:44 ?

When a nation turns away from the Lord, the Lord takes away the blessings and America has lost the blessings and is now a slave to China, according to the word of the Lord! America is living on borrowed money and sooner or later the bubble would burst and it would not be pleasant at all. America's national debt is in trillions of Dollars and unless the Lord intervenes, America would become the next Greece!

Please pray for America and don't copy America blindly and foolishly! America has departed from the Lord and her sins has reached up to high heavens. Homosexuality, like other sins, is offensive to the Lord, but the legalization of same-sex marriage across America is the final straw that breaks the camel's back.

But we continue to pray, that instead of judgment, God would send revival to turn things around for His glory, not only in America, but across the whole world, and that the name of Jesus Christ, the only Mediator between God and mankind, would be exalted.

Brother Amartey is an ordained minister of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and the founder of Revival Now! He lives in Atlanta, Georgia, USA. He is the author of TITHING: ROBBING AND STEALING FROM GOD'S PEOPLE, soon to appear in the bookstores in Accra, due to popular demand.

email: brotheramartey@gmail.com.

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